I believe that Roger Goodell offered teams, under the table, an incentive to draft this player for publicity reasons. I don’t know what it is, but I do know that the last team in the NFL that “needed” a guy who doesn’t have a chance to ever play on their team is the St. Louis Rams. The Rams have two of the game’s best edge rushers and took a solid inside tackle high in the draft – they’re the best 4-man line in football.
Why do I bring this up? First off, to point out how lame the NFL has gotten under the political tenure of Roger Goodell. Secondly, it’s unfair for the Rams (I’m dying to know what the owner was offered); but most importantly – and you may be surprised to read this – it’s unfair to Michael Sam. I do believe he may have had a chance to play somewhere in the NFL. Dallas, believe it or not, has an awful defensive line. If Dallas had taken him with their last pick in the draft, it may have made sense. Not in St. Louis. Something stinks.
While I completely object to pandering to the Alphabet Mafia, and I think homosexuality is a death-style, I feel sorry for Michael Sam in this case. It seems as if he’s being used as a pawn and simply being set up to fail. In the meantime, the NFL can claim victory as a great leader in Civil Rights: “We’re not homophobes – we love ‘the Gays.” The Rams can say legitimately that “he couldn’t make the team.” And the “problem” will be out of the NFL, just like the “problem” that was Tim Tebow.
The NFL should be big enough for both Michael Sam and Tim Tebow, if they could play. It should be a meritocracy; instead, it’s an oligarchic, fascistic, steaming pile of Goodell. And for the time being, if you say anything negative about the NFL’s promotion of an abhorrent lifestyle, you will be crushed.
“The NFL will not tolerate any negativity from within its own ranks about the Sam story,” writes Frank Schwab, editor of Shutdown Corner. “Most of the reaction has been very positive. And if you’re a NFL player and you don’t agree with Sam’s lifestyle, you better keep that to yourself. The NFL is making sure that anyone wanting to turn this positive story into something negative will pay the consequences. There’s way too much at stake for the NFL to be passive about this.”
The problem with the NFL is that it is a protected monopoly. Protected by the government. Change isn’t going to come to the NFL unless they begin to lose money and the typical football fan who has put up with pink gloves and the “unprotected receiver” rule will continue to lineup for grift-iron crack.
Fantasy leagues, gambling, the nagging wife, and an excuse to drink with the guys are just a few of the reasons that the NFL will get along with its bad behavior. The biggest reason of all, however, is Roger Goodell. Goodell has fashioned a political league.
What about the player’s union? Shouldn’t they be sticking up for Don Stone? Don’t count on any help from the player’s union – it’s Executive Director, DeMaurice Smith, was an understudy of Eric Holder and a plant from the Obama campaign. Yeah, it’s that bad. When fascism arose in America, it came wrapped in a rainbow flag and banning a cross. Men used to turn to the sports page to escape from news, business, and the “Cultural Insider.” People could escape in movies or sports; but now, both entities have been dragged into the PC gutter. Apart from the movie theater and the sports arena, there really is no modern escape for the typical man. Yet, isn’t that exactly how Orwell foresaw it?
“If you want a vision of the future, imagine a pink NIKE cleat stamping on a human face – forever.”